after three years of chronicling his father’s work around the globe, los angeles-based filmmaker tomas koolhaas has released a teaser video for ‘REM‘ — an upcoming documentary that details the life and work of one of today’s most acclaimed architects. although no release date has yet been set, it was announced in july this year that the movie was now in post-production.

teaser video for REM
video courtesy of tomas koolhaas



‘most architectural documentaries explore only the intellectual reasoning behind the aesthetic or design choices made by an architect,’ explains tomas koolhaas. ‘these films are usually made up of talking-head interviews interspersed with static, lifeless shots of empty structures.


REM is the first documentary to comprehensively explore the human conditions in and around rem koolhaas’ buildings from a ground level perspective. the film not only reveals rem’s life and working methods from an unprecedented ‘behind the scenes’ perspective, but also gives the architecture greater meaning as the viewer witnesses the one thing that gives it a function and purpose – how it is used by people.’


REM: the official trailer
video courtesy of tomas koolhaas



see here for designboom’s previous coverage of the rem koolhaas documentary.